Dr. Kari Jerge M.D. is a double board certified in trauma and critical care medicine. She is a trauma surgeon who found her way into the world of tactical medicine as a SWAT Physician. She is a TCCC Instructor and a champion of prehospital providers. She regularly assists with education and training of EMTs and Paramedics in trauma care. She is also an advocate for the Stop the Bleed initiative to empower the general public to control life-threatening bleeding in the event of an emergency.
I split the interview into 2 parts because we talked for a while.
Part 1: Dr. Jerge talks about:
- How she fell in love with trauma and critical care surgery.
- How she entered the world of tactical medicine
- The importance of hemorrhage control.
- The resistance of laypersons learning bleeding control
- Data driven instruction vs. “tacticool” people trying to make a quick buck.
Dr. Jerge is a native Californian. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame and earned her medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She went on to a general surgery residency at UNC Chapel Hill. She then transitioned to St. Louis University (SLU) for Surgical Critical Care Fellowship as well as completion of her general surgery residency. Dr. Jerge began her trauma critical care practice in Phoenix, Arizona. She then assumed the role of Trauma Medical Director at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. Seeking a new challenge in a supportive academic environment, Dr. Jerge joined the University of Kansas Department of Surgery in the fall of 2017 as an Assistant Professor of Surgery.
Dr. Jerge is double board-certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. She has a strong passion for trauma and critical care. Her interests within the field are prehospital outreach and education, disaster preparedness, injury prevention, tactical medicine, and hemorrhage control. Dr. Jerge is an instructor in ATLS and tactical combat casualty care. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Eastern Association for Surgery in Trauma, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, the International Public Safety Association, and the Association of Women Surgeons. She enjoys having strong bonds with patients and their families as they walk through challenging circumstances together. It is important to Dr. Jerge that partnership and strong communication exist between the health care team and the patient in order to optimize healing.
When she is not caring for patients, Dr. Jerge enjoys traveling, paddle boarding, Pilates, Notre Dame football, and spending time with her family.
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